Thursday, October 8, 2009

Silversea Reporting Brisk Sales of Silver Spirit's "Grand Inaugural Voyage"

Silversea's Art-Deco-inspired, all-suite, 540-guest Silver Spirit is nearing completion at Fincantieri’s Ancona yard for a December delivery. When completed, the luxury line's newest ship will offer six gourmet restaurants, an 8,300 sq. ft. indoor/outdoor spa, the largest suites in Silversea's fleet, and five-star service.

"This ship is attractive to a younger demographic overall because of the six dining venues, the outdoor dining options, the more than 8,000 sq ft spa, and all the entertainment venues offered on board," according to Ball Ball, Silversea's director of media relations. "It has a very lively feel and welcoming vibe that is very appealing."

After a Mediterranean holiday cruise and a crossing from Lisbon to Fort Lauderdale, where the naming ceremony is scheduled to be held on Jan. 21, Silver Spirit will set off on a 91-day "Grand Inaugural Voyage" to visit more than 45 ports in 20 countries (leaving Fort Lauderdale and heading south to Rio for an evening at Carnaval, around Cape Horn, along the Mexican Riviera to Los Angeles, then traveling through the Panama Canal and continuing up America’s colonial coast northward to New York City).

While it would be a dream come true for most of us to be among the 30% of the passengers booked for the full 91-day "Grand Inaugural Voyage"cruise sailing from Fort Lauderdale to New York, more than 30 of Silver Spirit’s passengers plan to sail even longer. One couple has booked 154 days straight!

You'll have to hurry if you want to join them, though as the voyage is filling fast. All the Owner’s and Grand Suites are booked for the full 91-day voyage, and most of the Silver Suites are reserved as well. However, a few Silver Suites are available on some individual segments. With butler service for all, it would be no challenge to sail in lesser quarters. Even the Vista Suites are a generously proportioned 312-sq. ft.

Ball adds, "We knew our past guests would appreciate Silver Spirit. It has all the new bells and whistles travelers want today. However, we’re pleasantly surprised by the 20% of guests who are new to Silversea. What agents are hearing and reading about Silver Spirit gives them the confidence to recommend an extended voyage aboard Silver Spirit to their clients."

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